Fresh fruit could soon be on offer at a club, school or community centre
near you, thanks to Pride Whakatane.

The advocacy and beautification group has bought 90 fruit trees from Waimea
Nurseries to give to worthy community groups and organisations.

Pride Whakatāne Committee Chair and Whakatāne District Councillor Andrew
Iles says the project is a good way for people to see the benefits of
sustainable gardening. “It’s great to see community groups and organisations
sharing the benefits of nurturing fruit trees with members of the public.
The initiative teaches children about growing nutritious food and encourages
them to eat healthily.

“We enjoy seeing people get something in return for their efforts.”

The initiative has run in previous years, with various types of trees
available and plenty of groups taking up the offer. This year peach, apple,
plum, apricot and feijoa trees are available and will be given away on a
first-in, first-served basis.

All community groups and organisations in the Whakatane district are invited
to apply to receive a tree. Those interested simply need to send
organisation details and an explanation about how they’d benefit from
planting a fruit tree to Andrew Iles –